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Business notebook: Thompson earns Unity Cup

Tim Thompson (left) was recently awarded Capital Safety’s Global Unity Cup, one of the company’s highest honors. General manager Peter Mammone (right) of Capital Safety’s Canadian organization traveled to Red Wing to present the award in a surprise ceremony March 19. 1 / 3
Adam Dicke (left) receives a certificate from Vice President of Reinsurance Jeff Menary for completing the Grinnell Mutual Farm Academy.2 / 3
Dr. Otto3 / 3

Capital Safety recently honored employee Tim Thompson of Lake City with one of the company’s highest honors, the Global Unity Cup.

The award is designed to “promote the ideal of international cooperation,” according to Capital Safety. Thompson works in product management at Capital Safety in Red Wing and was recognized for his positive attitude and support of international co-workers and customers, the company said.

The award was presented at a surprise ceremony this month.

• Johnson and Scofield, Inc., has hired a professional engineer to provide services rather than subcontracting this work, the company announced. Steven P. Voight will direct and manage all engineering service from the company’s offices in Red Wing, Hastings and Wabasha.

Johnson and Scofield is a land surveying and engineering company that has provided services to Minnesota and Wisconsin for 30 years.

• Adam Dicke of Goodhue’s Voth Insurance Agency participated in and completed Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company’s inaugural Farm Academy in February.

Dicke joined 22 agents from throughout the Midwest to learn more about farm insurance coverage, services and Grinnell Mutual’s operations. Participants also toured a local grain farm and implement dealership.

“The Farm Academy was designed to offer comprehensive training to agents committed to serving farm customers,” said Kurt Eaves, vice president of Direct Underwriting and Production for Grinnell Mutual.

Voth Insurance is an independent insurance agency that writes auto, home, farm, crop, commercial, life and health insurance.

• Anytime Fitness in Red Wing will hold a grand opening celebration April 5 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The gym at 124 Tyler Road South is staffed about 10 hours per day, but members can access the club any time with a key fob system. Members also have access to 2,400 clubs worldwide.

“For many people, joining a gym can be an intimidating experience,” club owner Corey O’Day said. “Our gym is small enough that we can provide personalized attention for all our members.”

To celebrate the grand opening, Anytime Fitness is offering members a free month when signing up for an 18-month membership, as well as a free training session.

Tours will be available during the grand opening celebration.

Membership information is available at the gym, by calling 651-212-8396 or by emailing

• Chiropractor Dr. LeRoy F. Otto was a guest lecturer at the Chiropractic Summit Meeting and the National Chiropractic Legislative Conferences in Washington, D.C., both held this winter. Delegates from each state and industry leaders in testing and regulation from across the country attended.

Otto is the president of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board and has practiced at Lake City Chiropractic since 1979 and at Downtown Chiropractic in Red Wing since 1984.

• The Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend refinery is planning projects to maintain the long-term viability of the business and benefit the environment, the company announced. The work includes a new combined heat and power system that will allow the refinery to generate some of its own electricity, and a new process for removing sulfur from gasoline and using it to produce a stable form of fertilizer.

The projects require permits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and must get final approval from Flint Hills Resources management. If approved, construction is set to begin in 2015, and the projects are estimated to cost about $300 million.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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